Greetings from your UT Health Science Center Office of Alumni and Annual Giving!

Things are changing here, and I want you to be a part of the change. By receipt of this inaugural "Vital Signs," you are seeing one of the changes. This quarterly newsletter will inform you about all that is happening at your alma mater.

Did you know 2011 marked the Centennial anniversary of UTHSC? As we build on the momentum of our first 100 years, it is even more important for YOU to get involved. My hope is that, as you think about your career and where you are, you will be able to tell us, Where Would You Be Without UTHSC? Tell us your UTHSC story.

You should also know that your alumni office has a new website at Wondering when your next class reunion is? Bookmark our events page to stay up to date on our many alumni events. Discover the benefits of being part of the UT family.

UTHSC has seen tremendous growth recently. Dr. Steve Schwab is leading our campus and attracting world-renowned deans to lead our six colleges, which have a local, regional and national impact.

If you have not been to Memphis, you are missing a Renaissance. Several buildings on the UTHSC campus now have an orange "UT" branded across the top that can be seen from aerial views. Construction is ongoing — have you seen the $60 million College of Pharmacy building? More is on the way!

Without YOU making us your professional school choice, we would not be where we are today!

Contact me if you have questions, suggestions for Vital Signs, or just want to find out how you can be involved.

Kris Phillips
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving


College of Medicine News

Training program partnership expands
UTHSC and Saint Thomas Health are expanding their partnership in Middle Tennessee to train the state's future physicians, phasing in more residents for training starting in 2013.

27th annual Family Medicine Update
The 2012 Family Medicine Update is designed to meet the continuing education needs of physicians. The  instruction is focused on providing new abilities and strategies in primary care, assisting in modifying practice and improving patient outcomes.

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend
College of Medicine Alumni Weekend is bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars for Oct. 11-13. From class reunions to continuing education courses, there’s something for everyone. It is a reunion year for graduates of the classes of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002. If you would like help planning a  reunion activity, contact the Office of Alumni & Annual Giving at 800-733-0482, 901-448-4974 or

Medical Simulation Center opens
The Graduate School of Medicine held a grand opening event in its new medical simulation center, which is expected to enhance the quality of patient care and improve outcomes.

Campus News

Farmer Named Vice Chancellor
Randy L. Farmer, EdD, has been named vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC. Formerly the vice president for Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Farmer's appointment begins in June.

UTHSC Welcomes Jesse Jackson
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who was in Memphis to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., met with African-American students from UTHSC's colleges.

Gov. Haslam Meets with Students
Before a meeting of UT's board in February, Gov. Bill Haslam met with student representatives. The students shared the path that brought them to UTHSC and the value of their educational experiences.

College News

  College of Nursing names new dean
UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD, has announced the appointment of Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, GCNS-BC, as the next dean for the UTHSC College of Nursing.

UT Knoxville's College of Nursing, AARP enter partnership
UT Knoxville's College of Nursing and AARP Tennessee have been selected as the Tennessee Action Coalition and will work to improve health care in Tennessee.

  Heros Named College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumni
Longtime Memphian Fred C. Heros, (DDS '75), was selected as the 2012 University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus.

College of Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences partner for 'Give Kids a Smile Day'
As part of the American Dental Association's annual "Give Kids a Smile Day" more than 100 sixth- and seventh-graders received free oral care.

  College of Pharmacy honoring Dr. Jim Eoff
Alumni and friends have an exciting opportunity to assist the College of Pharmacy to recognize Dr. James C. Eoff III who has given so tirelessly to the college for more than 40 years.

Pharmacy alum receives top honor
Dr. William Evans (PharmD '75), head of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received the Remington Honor Medal from the American Pharmacists Association.

  Did you Know?
University Therapists is an outpatient rehabilitation clinic operated by the Department of Physical Therapy. The clinic provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology services to referred patients. Click here to learn more.

40th anniversary Celebration of the Pediatric Language Clinic
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is hosting a celebration of the Pediatric Language Clinic and Tribute to Dr. Sol Adler on Sept. 7 in Knoxville, Tenn. For details or to RSVP, contact Vickie Barnes at

  Professor Harry S. Courtney receives $126,000 grant
Harry S. Courtney (PhD '85) has received a grant totaling $126,000 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The award will fund research on streptococcal infections.

Alumni help conduct workshop for Graduate Health Science students
On March 30, more than 50 students from the College of Graduate Health Sciences attended a workshop to learn how to create curriculum vitaes.

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